MCHD: 17-year-old contracted Malaria during mission trip

Teen contracted disease in Uganda, traveled home to Mobile

Mobile, Ala. (WALA) The Mobile County Health Department confirms a 17 year-old girl contracted Malaria during a mission trip to the Republic of Uganda.

She has been hospitalized since Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, and is recovering. This is the first reported case of the disease in Mobile County in at least two years, health officials said.

Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises those who plan to travel outside the United States to take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Malaria is a mosquito-borne illness prevalent in more than 100 countries worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are grateful the young woman is responding to treatment,” said Dr. Eichold. “It’s important, when traveling internationally, to take the proper precautions by getting all required and recommended vaccines and other treatments beforehand.”

 

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